Monday, December 21, 2020

Martial law . . . really?

Last week, President Donald Trump met with Rudy Giuliani and disgraced former national security adviser Michael T. Flynn, among others to discuss the president declaring martial law to have an election do over in some states, reported the Washington Post.

The imposition of martial law accompanies curfews; the suspension of civil law, civil rights and habeas corpus; and the application or extension of military law or military justice to civilians. Civilians defying martial law may be subjected to military court or tribunal. 

Flynn had suggested on Newsmax that Trump could authorize the military to rerun the election. “He could order the, within the swing states, if he wanted to, he could take military capabilities, and he could place those in states and basically rerun an election in each of those states,” Flynn said.

The next day, Flynn was in the Oval Office to discuss the idea. Flynn’s attorney, Sidney Powell, who has promoted outlandishly false claims about this year’s election, including a disproved allegation that Venezuelan communists programmed U.S. voting machines to flip votes for Biden, was also at the meeting.

Officials inside the White House said Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and White House counsel Pat Cipollone pushed back “strenuously” on the idea of martial law. Two officials, who like others for this story spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss private matters and conversations, said that there have been no efforts inside the White House to actually deploy the military and that the idea was quickly dismissed at the meeting.

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